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News Release
New Museum Exhibit Honors Contributions of General Tony McPeak - 09/12/17

McMinnville, Ore: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will unveil a new exhibit Friday, September 15, at a reception for General Merrill A. ("Tony") McPeak.

General McPeak entered the Air Force in 1957 as a Distinguished Graduate of the San Diego State College ROTC program. A career fighter pilot, he spent two years with the Air Force's elite aerobatic team, the Thunderbirds, performing before millions of people in nearly 200 official air shows in the U.S. and overseas. He flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam. Senior leadership assignments included command of the 20th Fighter Wing in NATO, the Twelfth Air Force (and concurrently U.S. Southern Command Air Forces) and the Pacific Air Forces. He was Air Force chief during a period of very active US involvement overseas, including Operation Desert Storm. While leading the Air Force, he conceived and executed the most extensive reorganization in its history, creating a service better suited to meet the nation's defense needs. In 1992, San Diego State University honored General McPeak with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1995, George Washington University gave him its Distinguished Alumni Award, the "George." He was among the initial seven inductees to the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, and in 2008 was a national co-chairman of Obama for President. In 2010, President Obama appointed General McPeak to the American Battle Monuments Commission. The Commissioners subsequently elected him Chairman.

Friday evening, September 15, the Museum will host a special meet-and-greet reception with General McPeak for invited guests, with heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Museum's new McPeak exhibit will be unveiled at this time. RSVP is required, as seating is limited. Cost: Free. 

Saturday, September 16, the Museum will host a 10:00 a.m. Coffee with the Curator gathering for Museum Members, featuring an opportunity to meet General McPeak prior to his public program. This Members Only event will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Aviation Building followed by an 11:00 a.m. public presentation in the Museum Theater. Cost: Free for Museum Members. This presentation is included with regular Museum admission for the general public.

RSVP on the Museum website: www.evergreenmuseum.org/mcpeak, or by calling 503-687-2426.

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum 
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.